Biden Could Score Another First at CIA
Former DIA chief and retired Marine Corps General Vincent Stewart is in the running
Could Vincent Stewart score another first, as the first Black man to run the CIA?
With progressives taking aim at former CIA acting director Michael Morell, long considered a shoo-in for the job, and some muted grumbling afoot about Tom Donilon, a tough taskmaster who’s never run a spy agency, the fickle finger of transition fate is crooking at Stewart, who made history five years ago when he became the first Jamaican-American—and Marine Corps general to boot—to run the Defense Intelligence Agency. [UPDATE: Donilon took himself out of consideration last week, the New York Times reported Sunday night.]
Stewart checks two of Biden’s boxes, as a seasoned intelligence professional with a face that “looks like America,” as President-elect Joseph Biden is fond of saying. Sources consulted by SpyTalk call Stewart, who immigrated from Jamaica at age 13 and, by his own account, struggled to overcome racism in his life and career, an inspiration in his efforts to bring minorities and women into l…